One thing that strikes me about Arc, and now Beam, is that they don’t give you any info about it. Not even a screenshot. Beam is being a bit better about it than Arc, but they really aren’t trying very hard to sell it.
I do love the idea of something new in a browser. Thank you for posting and including some info on what it does. I might check this out when I have time.
And a team that doesn’t seem to have any idea how to market their product, paradoxically, makes me less interested in trying their product as I feel like it will be abandonware soon. That might just be me – but I hate spending the time to get used to something and then have it vanish.
I haven’t come across the Beam Browser (until now). Thanks for sharing, @fuzzygel.
I’ve had access to Arc for a few weeks…and am very impressed so far. Among other things, I appreciate the clean interface, the clever ways that tabs/websites can be organized in the sidebar, and how easy it is to get any clutter out of the way so that I focus on a specific tab. It also has some innovative features for assembling components of one or more websites into something that resembles a dashboard.
While I don’t think Arc will replace my main browser (Safari) any time soon, it’s proving to be an excellent secondary browser. I mainly use it for web apps (e.g. Asana, Airtable), website admin, and video streaming services (e.g. Netflix, YouTube).
On a side note, I use an app called OpenIn (available directly from the developer and on Setapp) to direct specific URLs to Arc. For example, if I click on a link related to an Asana task in Mail, the link opens in Arc.
p.s. If you’re interested in seeing Arc in action, Matt Birchler has a great overview.
I have been using Arc for over a month now, and I am using it as my main browser, and love it.
It has an edge case with URLs that has special characters where it doesn’t work as intended, but overall, it’s a very solid browser.
I use Brave (Chromium) to ‘create shortcut’ and ‘open as window’ to create site specific browsers for exactly these app uses. Only downside is that you have to have the main browser running but then that’s rarely an issue.
Does Arc do something similar?
Setapp is a neverending trove of useful things. I’ve also been a Choosy user since forever and its never failed me. How does OpenIn improve on that?
I’ve used this rather hidden, but very useful feature in Brave. I haven’t encountered anything similar in Arc (or any other browser).
Setapp is a neverending trove of useful things.
I’ve also been a Choosy user since forever and its never failed me. How does OpenIn improve on that?
Choosy is simpler. OpenIn is more complex and configurable. For example, I can associate Zoom links with the Zoom app, avoiding the confirmation dialog that normally appears when I click on a Zoom link. OpenIn can also be used to route mail and call apps (not features that I’m currently using).
p.s. I’ve attached a screenshot of my current setup to give you a taste of OpenIn’s interface and feature set.
I use Safari for general browsing and Arc for web apps like Airtable. I find having two different browsers helpful. Among other things, I don’t need to worry about accidentally closing down, for example, the Airtable tab when doing research in Safari.
I find Arc’s minimalist interface is well suited to web apps. I can press ⌘S to dismiss the sidebar, focusing my attention on the current tab with no visual distractions.
Huh I never knew there was an app to tell some URLs to open in a different browser, and 3 (THREE!) have been mentioned in this thread! I make Google apps play in Firefox by themselves and I am forever right clicking, open in… or getting error messages because I forgot to do that and am not logged in on Safari.
Interesting thread. I have recently started using sigmaos whilst I wait for my arc invite.
What’s great about sigma is it has 1 key hotkeys such as D for Done and has a side bar with vertical tabs that you dismiss easily. Similar to @timstringer i find it great to use this kind of browser for web apps and also use brave and choosy to differentiate. Certain apps like slack and figma deserve their own app but I do find more and more can just live in sigma.